Bring your greatness to life.

Would it be alright with you if life got easier?

If so, join us for this liberating, revelatory, transformative training for people who want to move past their stopping points — so they can thrive and make the difference they’re here to make, with ease.

* This course also known as the Thriving Changemaker Intensive.

“I’ve applied at least one thing I learned *every day* since.”

“Trust me, I’ve been through a lot of coaching, leadership, and professional development trainings, but this one really left a mark. I have honestly applied at least one thing I learned in this training *every day* since.

“For all you project-doers, dream-havers, business-starters, and change-makers out there, I highly encourage you to check out the training yourself.”Pakou Her, Senior Campaign Director of UltraViolet and former Executive Director of

Live your values.

What would it be like to end your day satisfied, because you know deep down you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing? What would it be like to live by the legacy you want to leave? To be acting on what matters most to you — and even supporting others to do the same?

Realize your vision.

What if you were consistently doing the things you’d given up on or talked yourself out of — those things that would bring so much joy to your heart and make such a difference in the lives of others and the world around you?

Become unstoppable.

What if you were consistently bringing your best to each situation, no longer be slowed down or held back by doubts or overwhelm? What if you had the power to bounce back, respond quickly, and keep moving forward even when things don’t go the way you planned?

Who This is For

This course is for people who see the world as it is and as it could be — and are called to bridge that gap. People take this course for self-empowerment, leadership development, and coach training. Our alumni are from all walks of life, including:

Nonprofit professionals, community organizers, and civic leaders seeking to become more effective and resilient agents of social change.

Mission-driven entrepreneurs and socially conscious business leaders seeking to achieve greater performance, profit, and positive social impact.

Coaches, consultants, and trainers who want empowerment skills for bringing out the greatness of those around them more deeply and consistently.

Ministers, educators, counselors, and other helping professionals wishing to stay centered and grounded as they tirelessly support to those who need it most.

This course is especially for you if this sounds familiar:

“I want to do everything I can for my community and the world.”
“I’ve got the passion & vision, but I know I’m not reaching my potential.”
“I’ve already had great training, but I keep on falling into old habits.”
“I’m the one holding myself back, and I’m really done doing it this way.”
“I need more support, and I’m willing to invest in it.”
“There’s too much at stake to keep waiting. NOW’s the time to take action.”


“I’ve done MANY other leadership trainings and seminars but this stands out from the crowd.”

“This was life-changing. I use the tools *every day*. It’s helped me see my purpose more clearly than ever, move beyond comparison and resignation, and deepen my self-care practice. I’ve done MANY leadership trainings and seminars but this stands out from the crowd, because the tools are so elegant and practical.”
Anna Wagner, Senior National Organizer at Greenpeace USA

Our Approach

Designed by Dr. Maria Nemeth, the Luminous Life Method™ turns timeless wisdom into practical skills that have helped tens of thousands to live and serve with clarity, focus, ease, and grace. The “Luminous Life” is the life well-lived, in which you see you’re doing what you’re here to do.

PILLAR #1: Master your Mind

You are so much greater than the sum total of your thoughts, feelings, and customary habits. Unleash your innate resilience and creativity, by discovering:

  • How to spot and go beyond your self-defeating internal dialogue, so you can quickly and easily live from your voice of wisdom.
  • Your Basic Assumption: the oldest, most beguiling “mental blind spot” behind your most frustrating personal and professional struggles — and how to go past it.
  • The hidden mechanism continuously shaping our perceptions and actions — and how to use it to make your mind your greatest ally instead of your worst enemy.

PILLAR #2: Learn Life’s Rules

When you play any game without knowing its rules, your odds of success are not high. What if you were to discover the fundamental “rules of engagement” for bringing any idea into reality? Learn:

  • How to follow the underlying “rules of engagement” for creative action, so you can bring your ideas to fruition with ease.
  • How to quickly respond, adapt, and persevere — instead of struggle or give up — when things don’t go as planned.
  • How to tap into a sense of power and agency in your life, regardless the circumstances.


PILLAR #3: Let Life Coach You

We all have life lessons to learn. When we choose to ignore or avoid those lessons, we all know what happens: They get bigger! What if you were to learn your lessons sooner rather than later? Discover:

  • A core practice for drawing out your lessons and gaining maximum value from any situation.
  • What it means to become “exquisitely coachable,” so that you are learning the lessons available to you — no matter how or from whom those lessons are delivered.
  • How to “lift the fog” in any difficult situation, so that you can quickly see what to do next.

PILLAR #4: Live Your Purpose

It is your essential nature to contribute — to make the world and those around you better off because you were here. Experience the true joy of being of service and giving your unique gift, by discovering:

  • How to consistently align your actions with your true values and intentions, so you can experience meaning, satisfaction, fulfillment, and harmony.
  • How to do the work you’re passionate about, while actually enjoying your life — and in the process, become more enjoyable to be around!
  • How to make the most of your precious time, resources, vitality, and relationships, so you can experience a life truly well-lived — right here and now, instead of “someday.”

PILLAR #5: Empower Others

Just about every aspect of your success depends on empowering relationships. Create an environment of trust, collaboration, and empowerment everywhere you go, by learning:

  • The true nature of support, and how to both give and receive it in a way that contributes to everyone involved.
  • How to be a member of a team in which everyone supports each other 100% with no one left out.
  • How to bring out the very best in others, so that in your presence, they see their greatness and do what they are here to do.

“My life has been irrevocably changed.”

“The best part for me is the applicability of the tools and the ongoing support, which I have used every single day, in multiple ways, in the time since the training. My life has been irrevocably changed by the ideas I digested and commitments I made in this training.”
Mattie Weiss, Training Director at Educators 4 Excellence

By the Numbers


Why this training?

What makes this course different than other courses?

Lasting Transformation

You will see lasting shifts in how you do things — long after the “high” of the course wears off.

Often you leave a training inspired, but it fades and then you’re back to business as usual. This course removes your blind spots, causing a transformation — a permanent shift in how you think and take action in the world.

Practical Tools & Skills

You will gain simple practices that lead to powerful results — not just insights and “aha!” moments.

Often we learn success principles and gain insight into what to do differently… but we still don’t do it! This course provides you a step-by-step system of tools and skills for putting these principles into consistent daily action.

Lifelong Community

You will experience the incredible ongoing support of a community of learners and doers.

Often it’s difficult to keep up the momentum once you are back in the “real world” of daily life. Here, you will experience the joy of being in a community of people fulfilling their life’s purpose and creating a thriving world for all.

… And why now?


People everywhere are waking up to a deep calling to make a difference with their lives…

…And, if you have read this far, we believe you are one of them.

All through history, people like us have been the driving force of change in our communities and the world, from the most revered visionaries to the countless unsung heroes.

We share this tireless impulse to create… to innovate… to bring about rebirth and renewal.

To shine our light, even amidst the darkness of our times.

To courageously say “Yes!” to a greater purpose calling us.

There is a “quickening” happening today, in which there are more of us than ever before.

Sociologist Paul Ray writes all about us in his book, The Cultural Creatives.

A full 1/3 of the US population (and increasingly across the globe too) are “Cultural Creatives,” marked by two core values: 1) A moral commitment to social change and 2) a quest toward our own spiritual development.

This gives reason to be hopeful for our world… but our success is not guaranteed.

To do all that we’re here to do — to answer that moral calling in our heart — there is a set of spiritual principles and success skills we absolutely need.

The idea of falling short can be terrifying, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whatever our situation, whatever cards we’ve been dealt, our success requires that we adopt a step-by-step system that puts timeless wisdom into practical tools, for taking action on our vision.

We believe that when people like us — people who know a better world is possible — have the spiritual principles and the practical tools they need, we will move further, faster, toward that world.

A world in which everyone is supported 100%, with no one left out.

A world in which all are treated with dignity and respect.

A world in which we are each empowered to discover… and fulfill… our purpose here on this planet.

If this vision touches your heart, and you’re ready to live — and enjoy — a life you’re proud of… this course may just be for you.



Sacramento, CA • September 6-10 or October 18-22, 2017

2018 Dates: March 21-25, May 2-6, July 18-22, September 12-16, or October 17-21.

Location: The Academy for Coaching Excellence, 1900 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA.
Meals: On your own, with light snacks provided throughout the course. Housing: On your own.
For Coaches: 30 Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEUs) – 23 Core Competency, 7 Resource Development

Schedule (full attendance required):

Wednesday (evening) 7:00pm-9:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-6:30pm
Friday 9:00am-9:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-6:30pm
Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Overview

Our transformational approach includes direct coaching, dynamic training, didactic presentation, personal reflection, & group interaction. Our model connects powerful success principles with pragmatic tools & skills, to create lasting, measurable results.


EVENING 1: Setting Out On the Path

  • Welcome & introductions
  • The true nature of success
  • Introduction to the Coaching Model
  • Being Willing: Your fundamental superpower

DAY 1: Our Blueprint for Success

  • Monkey Mind: How to observe and go beyond self-limiting internal conversations
  • The Playing Field: Essential “rules of engagement” for turning any idea into action
  • Life’s Intentions: Your personal internal compass
  • Support: What would it be like to be a member of a team in which everybody supported each other 100% with no one left out?
  • The Four-Box Model: How we create our own personal paradigms of reality
  • The Green Lens: The key to creating an empowering context for others

DAY 2: Clearing Our Inner Obstacles

  • Basic Assumptions: Your personal internal “show-stopper” … and what to do about it
  • Practicing the Green Lens: Creating an empowering context for breakthroughs

DAY 3: Who We Are & Why We’re Here

  • Introduction to Ontology: Who we truly are
  • Becoming Exquisitely Coachable: Gaining the lesson from every interaction
  • The Coaching Arena: Four key questions to “lift the fog” daily
  • Designing goals worth playing for

DAY 4: Letting Go & Going Forth

  • Forgiveness: How to let go of the past
  • Your Standards of Integrity: Discovering your true values
  • Coherence and Incoherence: How to align our actions with our intentions and values
  • Closing & Sendoff

NOTE: Every course varies both in terms of sequence and what elements may be emphasized or de-emphasized, depending on the needs of the participants.


Your Course Leaders

us3a2137-squareMaria Nemeth, PhD, MCC

Maria Nemeth, known as the “Master Coach for Purpose-Driven Leaders,” helps purpose-driven people everywhere see their greatness and bring it all to life.

As Founder and Director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence, she has trained thousands of people worldwide in the nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental sectors. She is a leading expert in leadership excellence, personal/professional development, and financial empowerment, whose work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. A lifelong agent of social change, Maria has contributed in areas such as civil rights, racial justice, women’s empowerment, health & human services, LGBTQ rights, and climate justice.

Zo Tobi - HeadshotZo Tobi, PCC

Zo Tobi helps people find their place, play their part, and give their gift. He is a Professional Certified Coach, Course Leader, and also an accomplished rock musician and social movement organizer.

Zo has served as co-founder and co-director for Coaching for Social Change and Generation Waking Up, as well as a regional organizer and national campaign director for the Sierra Student Coalition. Since co-organizing the 12,000-person Power Shift 2009 youth climate conference, he has been dedicated to building resilient social change movements based on the timeless principles of compassion, generosity, and service which describe the human spirit.

“I’ve become more active in issues that matter deeply to me.”

“I can say unequivocally that mixing with this extraordinary group, learning the tools, putting them into practice, and being in community with my classmates ever since, I’ve become more active in issues that matter deeply to me, more vocal, more able to invite others into honest conversation, and LESS weary of the challenges. I literally see people through a different lens.

“After sitting on the sidelines, I’ve taken a step to do what I’ve admired so much about others: To be an activist.”Linda Bidlack, leadership and resilience coach

Reserve Your Spot

Ready to take your life and your impact in the world to the next level?

Our sliding scale empowers people from all walks of life to attend without financial hardship, regardless their circumstances.

For whom in your life might this course be a turning point? Refer a friend and you both get $100 off your tuition!

Would it be ok to allow others to support your success and impact? View our stellar fundraising resources.

Our money-back guarantee: If you don’t get more than your investment’s worth by Day 3, we refund your fee.

Our Sliding Scale:
No One Left Out

We stand for a world where everyone is supported 100% and no one is left out, and our pricing reflects that vision. Our sliding scale empowers people to participate who could not otherwise do so, and enables us to offer our life-changing work where it can do the greatest good.

How It Works

We use an honor system, and don’t require you to disclose your income. We also honor that both expenses and income factor into your situation, so we ask that you discern the price truly right for you — whether that is below or above your suggested tier.

So that our work serves those who could not otherwise afford it, please invest the amount that is a “stretch” but not a hardship, factoring in your access to outside support (i.e. family and/or fundraising). Referring to the scale below, ask yourself:

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    What investment level would be comfortable for me?

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    What level would be a “stretch” but not a hardship — truthfully factoring in my access to outside support?

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    Am I willing to register at that level?

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Fundraising Support

Many of our students have successfully fundraised some or all of their tuition. If this interests you, view our resources here:

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If you have taken this course before, we invite you to register at a 50% discount using the 1-word promo code: WELCOMEBACK

“I’m talking myself INTO my dreams rather than OUT of them.”

“I used to go from workshop to seminar to retreat, and leave inspired… but the “magic” always wore off. The difference with this training is profound and practical skills and tools I use every-freakin-day (no joke), and solid support structures that keep me going. Now I’m doing what I’m really here to do, earning greater income, experiencing greater ease in my relationships, and playing with incredible energy toward my goals. I’m talking myself INTO my dreams rather than OUT of them.”
Jenny Russell, Life Coach

Let’s Chat

Schedule a 30-minute chat with one of our Senior Coaches to see what you would get out of this program, and whether it’s your best next step for getting where you want to go.

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Our Alumni are Making Waves

(*Endorsement not implied)

Our alumni have come from and gone on to make a difference in hundreds of organizations, such as:
Aim Higher Now
Alaskans First Campaign
America Votes
American Academy of Physicians
Archdiocese of Omaha
Arlington Street Church
Art from Ashes
Awaken and Inspire Coaching
Bay Area Cancer Connections
Berkeley Community Fund
Bike Austin
Boys Town National Headquarters
Byakko International
California Confederation of the Arts
California Department of Justice
California Native Plant Society
California State Office of the Patient Advocate
California State Senate Office of Research
Casey Family Programs
Child Abuse Listening Coordination Center
The Child Abuse Prevention Center
Clean Water Action
CHI Health
CHI Immanuel Hospital
City of Emeryville
CivicSpark AmeriCorps
Colorado Ballet
Common Ground Mediation
Community Rights Lane County
Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive
Cornerstone Theater Company
Cornucopia Community Advocates
Costa Rica Conservation Trust
Cypress Personal Coaching
Creative Change Lab
Dancing Freedom
Delivering Happiness
Diversity Woman Magazine
Doulas of North America
East Bay Meditation Center
Empowerment WORKS
Energy Action Coalition
Episcopal-Lutheran Campus Ministry, UT-Knoxville

Flagstaff Center for Compassionate Communication
Focus the Nation
Fresenius Medical Care
Gaia Leadership
Generation Waking Up
Good Samaritan Hospice
The Global Summit
Global Response
Global Youth Action Network
Goi Peace Foundation
Green Empowerment
HCA Hospital System
Hospice of Siouxland
Hospice of the Valley
Impact Hub Oakland
Inner Light Ministries
Institute for Policy Studies
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
Jews United for Justice
June E. Nylen Cancer Center
Landscape Conservation Initiative
Leadership for Educational Equity
League of Conservation Voters
Living Routes
LA County Department of Child and Family Services
Miracle Girls
National Community Rights Network
Nationwide Insurance
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Nature Institute
New Earth Foundation
New Organizing Institute
Ocean Defense
Oregon Community Rights Network
Pachamama Alliance
Planned Parenthood
Play in the Wild!
Rainforest Action Network
Resilient Communities Initiative
Restorative Circles
River City Food Bank

Sacramento City Unified School District
Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Knoxville, TN
The Sanctuary Boston
Save the Bay
Shanti Wellness Project
Shape Ypsilanti
Sharing Flow
Sierra Club
Sierra Student Coalition
Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition
Southern Energy Network
Speak Well Being Group
Springboard Forward
Stories of Resistance
Students for Racial Justice
Support Local Food Rights
Town of Truckee
Truckee Roundhouse
Tyson House Student Foundation
UC California Program on Access to Care
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley
United Native Americans
Unity Center of Tacoma
Unity Church of Olympia
Unity Church of Raleigh
Unity of Greater Hamilton
The Vilda Foundation
Voice of Courage
Warrensburg Missouri Medical Center
Weaving Earth
Wellesley College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
West Virginia Leadership Academy
White Bird Clinic
White River Indian Health Service
The Wilderness Guides Council
Windy River Group
Women’s Transition Project
World Peace Prayer Society
Young People For!
Young Women Social Entrepreneurs – San Francisco
Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp